Admission Process for Graduate Students

All policies and regulations of the Graduate School govern acceptance or rejection of graduate applicants.

Step 1: After receiving a complete application and supporting documents, the packet is circulated to the Graduate Program Committee for review. A complete application packet includes:

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent with GPA of 3.0 or higher on last 90 quarter credit or 60 semester credit hours
  • Application to OSU Graduate School that includes a statement of purpose
  • GRE scores, at least 40th percentile average
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants (unless from Australia, Belize, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, West Indies, the United Kingdom, or some African countries on a case-by-case basis; students with a degree from a U.S. institution of higher education are not required to take these tests)
  • Certificate of Finances Form for international applicants

Step 2: Reviews from the Graduate Program Committee are received by the Graduate Program Coordinator and are forwarded to the Chair of the Graduate Program for a summary review. Criteria for review include:

  • Previous academic achievement
  • Courses in areas preparatory to a degree in either Animal Sciences or Rangeland Ecology and Management
  • Strength of letters of recommendation
  • Indication of goal as put forth in the statement of purpose
  • Availability of a major professor

Step 3: The summary review and complete packet are forwarded to the Department Head for a final decision. The Graduate Program Coordinator submits this final decision to the OSU Graduate School (who then notifies the applicant of the decision).

Note: If no faculty is willing to serve as a major professor, then the application will be rejected. If several faculty members are willing to serve as a major professor, then the Department Head will determine who will be the major professor or co-major professors as appropriate.

This admission process takes between six to eight weeks to complete. Students will hear from the OSU Graduate School (not directly from the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences) whether they have been accepted to study in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of state-supported Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are available to qualified candidates. Qualifications are based upon academic proficiency, appropriateness of background training, and interest for research in specific areas of department involvement. The stipend varies with the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (0.30 to 0.49) assigned to GAs. Graduate Assistantships are exempt from tuition charges (students receive a tuition fee remission to their student account for the amount of the tuition charged), but students are still required to pay the mandatory university fees for each term.

GAs are responsible for 12 to 19.5 hours of work per week (for the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences) under the direction of their major professor, dependent upon the FTE of their assistantship. All state-funded GAs in our department have a 0.30 FTE (12 hours per week) service component in their position description. Students receiving a 0.49 FTE stipend from a GA, scholarship, or combination of the two are expected to be working full time toward their degree (classes, research, or both). Therefore, such students are prohibited from having any other employment during the calendar year, including summers. Failure to adhere to this policy may be grounds for termination of the stipend. Although the FTE and the number of hours you are expected to work may fluctuate slightly, you cannot work more than 255 hours per term in all jobs within the Oregon University System when appointed as a graduate student. The HRIS system tracks the number of hours for which a particular student receives pay each month; for 0.49 FTE the total must be limited to less than 84.93 hours per month. Some faculty expect their students to take classes or to be engaged in research full time while others expect their students to be engaged full time in classes and research simultaneously. Students receiving less than a 0.49 FTE stipend should consult with their advisors before seeking outside employment. Although exceptions can be made, the department's policy limits assistantship support to two years for M.S. students. In order for a GA to be extended beyond two years for the M.S., regardless of funding source, the graduate student must have at least one manuscript submitted to a journal.

Areas of Focus

Within the Animal Sciences emphasis area, students can study:

Within the Rangeland Ecology and Management emphasis area, students can study: